Facebook’s “Portal” Could Launch Next Week: A New Video Chat Device

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Earlier this year, Facebook was rumored to release its own video chatting device to let people remain connected to each other in a more prominent manner. Those plans didn’t say hello to the reality, and the launch got pushed.

As per a new report from the financial website Cheddar, Facebook is all set to announce the video chat device, rumored to be called Portal, as soon as the next week.

Facebook already has video and voice calling features embedded in its multiple services at the moment. So, creating an infrastructure and worrying about the userbase shouldn’t really bee a concern for the company executives. It seems like the company has been spending time working on the hardware that’s going to power these services.

As per the reports, the device might work same as Amazon’s Echo Show and Google Assistant-powered displays. However, Facebook’s device will come with the extra and creepy functionality of tagging users with the help of facial recognition.

It remains to be seen if Facebook will use its homegrown digital assistant to take care of the things, or it’ll simply look up to Alexa.

In response to the recent privacy scandals, the device is also speculated to come with a tiny shutter to disable camera tracking. The rumored pricing of the two versions could be somewhere around $300 and $400.

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